Mandela Day tour for Man City

2013-05-09 00:00

CAPE TOWN — Manchester City have announced that the club will be visiting South Africa in their pre-season programme.

According to the club’s website, two games will be played against top PSL clubs, the second taking place on Mandela Day, July 18.

To recognise this, organisers Matchworld have collaborated with Africa Rising and City to get the world to understand the concept “67 minutes for Madiba”, the ethical framework being “Service to one’s fellow human”.

Representing City at the launch was Patrick Vieira, football development executive for the club and winner of nine league titles and five FA Cups.

Vieira represented his country, France, 107 times and won the 1998 Fifa World Cup when he received France’s highest award, the Legion d’Honneur in 1998.

“South Africa is one of my favourite countries,” said Vieira.

“I spent a lot of time here during the 2010 Fifa World Cup and was thrilled when City tasked me to come over and launch the South African leg of our upcoming Tour.

“Mandela is one of my heroes and to be part of Mandela Day will be an honour.

“We are very excited to bring Manchester City closer to the South African community and our rapidly growing global fanbase,” added Vieira.

“This will be a fantastic tournament and I speak for the full squad when I say how pleased we are to visit this wonderful country.

“Not only are the training facilities fantastic, but we have already seen the fans’ passion first hand from our previous visit in 2009 and look forward to July 2013.”

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